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OSPA Offers Practically Free Traffic-Stop Training for Rural Law Enforcement

Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney John R. Messinger will conduct a 4-hour presentation covering 4th Amendment issues with a focus on traffic stops.  The presentation is accompanied by a paper (distributed in advance) and includes:

∙ Historical perspective
∙ In-depth coverage of controlling law
∙ Discussion of recent cases and pending issues
∙ A quiz!

This service is for small or rural counties that do not have the resources to send officers for training.   Credit can be earned with a department’s approval. 


Call ((512) 463-1660) or email (information@spa.texas.gov) John to schedule a training day for this August (August will be the only time the service is offered).   

The department, county, or city will be responsible for John's mileage reimbursement and overnight residency (if needed). 


PD-1369-15 02/03/2016

"The evidence is insufficient to support the conviction for the felony offense of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements since the evidence conclusively establishes a reasonable doubt as to whether appellant intentionally or knowingly failed to comply with the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program, as charged in the indictment. The Court of Appeals reliance on Robinson v. State, No. PD-0421-14, 2015 WL 4068109 (Tex. Crim. App. July 1, 2015), is in error since the indictment required the State to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that appellant intentionally or knowingly failed to provide his anticipated move date and new address."

Febus was required to register as a sex offender. When he moved into a new apartment in a different building on the same street in the complex, he updated his registration documents with the new apartment number but not the new street number.

The court of appeals rejected Febus' argument that the evidence was insufficient to prove failure to comply with registration requirements because his failure to correctly report his new address was simply a mistake. The court noted that according to Robinson v. State, the culpable mental state for the offense applies only to the duty to register and not to the failure to register.

Febus contends that Robinson notwithstanding, the indictment in this case alleged that he "intentionally and knowingly failed to timely provide in person [his]...new address," which clearly tied the culpable mental state to the failure to report. But because the evidence showed only a mistake, it was insufficient.

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P. O. Box 13046
Austin, Texas 78711-3046

Physical Address

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Austin, Texas 78701


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